Veteran Stories:
Robert Turner

Army

  • Robert Turner presenting a regimental plate to Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke.

    Robert Turner
  • The 3rd. RCE Batallion head quarters orders for May 2-3. C Coy was overrun, and there were an estimated seventy casualties.

    Robert Turner
  • John Turner's life membership certificate in the General John M. Rockingham Memorial Heritage Unit, No. 1, K.V.A., Canada.

    John Turner
  • Certificate of the presentation of the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal, given to Robert Turner in recognition of his exemplary service to Canada.

    Robert Turner
  • Robert Turner's Medals, L to R: Canadian Korea Medal; Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal; Volunteer Service Medal for Korea; UN Korea Medal; Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.

    Robert Turner
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"We got word in the afternoon of the 23rd that we were going to possibly put in a counter attack to take the hill back. Going into the position again, we were shelled continuously. And it was from both sides - from our own and from the enemy."

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My name is Robert Turner, and I served in Korea with the Royal Canadian Regiment - the 1st and 3rd Battallions.

I joined 1 RCR in Korea on Hill 355 - better known as Kowang San, or Little Gibraltar. We were on Hill 355 from the 10th of August until the 22nd of October. In that period of time we were shelled continuously by the Chinese. And on the 22nd of October, we were in such bad shape that they took us out, and B Company of 1 RCR took over our position. And on the 23rd of October, the Chinese attacked B Company and overran the Company. The Chinese came in, in about... force of about a couple of battalions. The Chinese took over the position, and a lot of our people were killed. We lost 18 people that day.

When we came out in the morning, we were put back on... in company reserve. We got word in the afternoon of the 23rd that we were going to possibly put in a counter attack to take the hill back. Going into the position again, we were shelled continuously. And it was from both sides - from our own and from the enemy. I think it was around 1:30 in the morning we took the hill back, and by 3:30 hours the battallion's forward line was re-established.

I wasn't in the fight at 187, but I was there. I was in the pioneer section at this time. And the night of the attack I was on guard, but I wasn't up in the company where the fighting was going on. We did such jobs as mine-laying and blowing up unspent ammuntion and things like that. Going out in the valley and blowing up bunkers, or whatever was found by the patrols that were out there.

I was the founding President of London Unit No. 4 of the Korea Veterans Association. I was the President of the RCR Association for five years. And in that period of time we... I was Chairman of the group that sent three containers of food over to Bosnia. And I've been very active in other types of volunteer work, too. And I received the Base Commander's accomodation for my work on base. And also I received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.

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